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Teaching Ancient History with Games (book) Review by Jen Altman

History for Kids: Ancient History Memory Game
History for Kids: Ancient History Go Fish Game
The Classical Historian
714-623-6104
1019 Domador
San Clemente, CA 92673
http://www.ClassicalHistorian.com

History for Kids: Ancient History Go Fish Game contains 48 larger cards, there are 4 in each category and are color coded and numbered. The set also includes 2 additional cards of direction, which introduce 4 different was to use the Go Fish Game. Of course, there is the traditional Go Fish game, as well as Collect the Cards, Chronology and Continents. There are pictures for each card, the title of the card, three hints about the card and a list of the other 3 cards that belong in that group, and the group title. The game is recommended for age 6 and up, and needs 2 or more players. In order to play the games exactly as designed, children need to be reading or would require assistance. My children enjoyed this game. It was a great way to familiarize themselves with the materials and to learn more about them. We are studying Ancient History this year, so it easily worked in with our studies; but, this could be a fun game any time.

History for Kids: Ancient History Memory Game contains 64 matching cards. Cards are square and a little over 2 inches in size.  Majority of cards contain a picture and a title, while a few sets of cards only contain words. This game is recommended for ages 3 and up.  It does not really require reading, and therefore can be played easily by younger children. It comes with directions for two variations of game play.  The first is your traditional memory game, the second is called Categories (this one requires the cards with only titles on them).  This game is also great for becoming familiar with the historical figures and places. My 3-year-old played this game too!

Teaching Ancient History with Games (book) is a great addition to both games previously mentioned.  It goes into a lot more details of game play variations. It also gives a lot more detailed information about each of the Go Fish Game cards. Some games described require additional materials, such as Styrofoam cups, tape and pool noodles.  Research has shown that kids learn best through play and this set of materials does a great job of teaching kids in just this way.  The games in the book also include a lot of team play, which makes it great for larger groups, such as classrooms or co-ops.

-Product review by Jen Altman, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2017

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